Late last week, aviation provisions were incorporated into Maine Gov. John Baldacci's amended budget, which he has signed into law. As of January 1, 2007, there will be no sales or use taxes on the purchase of airplanes heavier than 6,000 pounds. AOPA supported an earlier version of the bill, which extended the exemption to all aircraft. "We are disappointed that Governor Baldacci and the Maine Legislature have chosen to ignore the largest segment of GA aircraft," said Owen Sweeney, AOPA manager of state and local government affairs. "While several states, particularly in the Northeast, have done away with weight-based restrictions and have seen increases in aviation-related business, Maine has adopted a tax policy that will have only limited economic benefits. AOPA will continue to work to extend the exemption to all members of the aviation community."
April 7, 2006